The Charcoal @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere- Theorizing The Evolution Of Portable Charcoal Grilling From The Cast Iron Hibachi

The Weber Go-Anywhere has been around for a while.

Read this excellent post detailing the history of the Go-Anywhere on the Weber Kettle Club Website-

Weber GO Anywhere History

 

This history article was researched and put together by Weber Kettle Club forum member Neil_VT00

 

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If you look at the timeline, the rectangular portable Go-Anywhere was introduced in 1979 and not a whole lot has changed since then.

What I think is genius about it and how it advanced portable charcoal cooking was how it differentiated from the popularity of the open cast iron hibachi.

Cast iron hibachis were popular in the 60s.  They are heavy, they require maintenance to avoid rusting and they are open topped which limits the type of cooking to direct grilling.

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My guess is that the engineers that designed the Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere took on all of these issues by making it out of their porcelain coated steel to avoid rust issues and be a whole lot lighter to transport.

The Lodge Sportsman Cast Iron Grill has roots dating back to 1941.  It’s heavy, it requires maintenance to keep from rusting and again, it does not have a lid.

I’m not saying they are not interesting or fun to cook on.  I’m just saying the Weber Go-Anywhere is a whole lot more versatile.

When you light up a bunch of coals on an open hibachi you need to be cognizant of factors such as wind and how much time you have. The coals don’t get snuffed out quickly as there is not lid or vents to regulate air needed to sustain the coals being lit.

Here’s my Lodge Sportsman grill/hibachi on action at the dock-

On the Go-Anywhere the legs flip up and lock the vented lid to the base making it easy to transport.  It can also be used to smoke on a small scale and regulate air flow with the vents on the bottom and in the lid.  With a traditional hibachi you’re pretty much limited to open grilling.

Here are a couple of the other cast iron hibachis that I’ve collected-

Queen Hibachi Japan

Cast Iron Bull Hibachi

BBQ Accessory Review: Chicken Thigh Satay On The @WeberGrills Q Using Charcoal Companion Raft Skewers

Got home on the later side last night and was famished.

Sliced up some skinless/boneless chicken thighs into strips, dredged them in my favorite peanut sauce and skewered them for a quick cook.   I prefer boneless/skinless thighs over the tenders or breast because it’s juicier and cheaper 9 times out of 10.

Note the dual prong skewers.  I’m not a fan of single prong skewers because your meat or vegetables spin around when you try to flip the skewer.  These raft skewers are way easier to handle and keep your food from flopping around and are only $7.32 on Amazon for a set of 4.  Link to purchase here

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I love this  peanut sauce.  You can order it online-

House Of Tsang Bangkok Peanut Sauce

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The @WeberGrills Q Is The Perfect Grill For A Quick Cook

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Literally gets up to temp in minutes.

Perfectly designed enameled grates that are positioned to avoid flare ups and protect burner tubes.

Very few parts, just classic simple Weber design.

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I like them so much I got one for my mom and she swears by it.

Review: Killa Grilla Grate Break In Cook With Some Atomic Buffalo Turds

As a fan of the classic Weber 22 inch grill, one of the things that makes them so great is that they haven’t changed the dimensions of the bowl in decades making the aftermarket accessory market robust.

Knowing that you can restore a 30 year old grill that had been sitting in the corner of someone’s backyard for years and years to practically brand new with a little elbow grease gives confidence that you’re not buying some grill that is offered for a couple of years and then everything about it is changed up making it impossible to find parts.  There will always be the parts for a classic 22 inch Weber kettle kicking around (at least during my lifetime).

This Killa Grilla Grate is so beautifully overbuilt in stainless steel it’s just such a fantastic addition to my favorite kettle in which it will reside- the Ivory 22 at the house.

It’s literally a grate for a lifetime.

Think about how many times you go out for dinner and drinks and drop a $100 or more.  Why wouldn’t you treat yourself to something that will pay dividends for decades?

I love mine (thanks fam for the awesome Father’s Day Gift).

Every Grillfella should have one.

From last night’s break-in cook-

The details from the Killa Grilla site-

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable cook grates.

21.5″ Round Flip Up BBQ Stainless Grill Cooking Grate- KG 7436 SNS

You asked for it, now we are producing it! Similar to our KG 7435 stainless grill grate, with (1) large side doors that allow you to add extra charcoal during cooking!!!

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable 7435 and 7436 cook grates.

New, hand crafted, custom made heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate is made with 0.25” thick 304 stainless steel wire.
This 304 stainless steel BBQ grates will guard against corrosion and will last many years over nickel plated steel grates, guaranteed!. This unit directly replaces Weber chrome and nickel plated small wire grates that become corroded and unsafe for barbequing food.

These heavy duty 0.25″ diameter wire grates provide better searing and hold heat, allowing grill masters to complete this affordable upgrade in mere seconds. Each grill grate weighs in at a full 9 lbs!

Part number KG7436SNS

Custom Made in Nolensville, TN USA

Here’s a link to their site- http://killagrilla.com/

Father’s Day #killagrilla style!

Lucky me! A new #killagrilla stainless grate for the 22 inch Ivory thanks to the fam.

Grill grate for a lifetime for a lifetime grill!  Super heavy duty stainless grate.  I can’t wait to cook on it!

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The details from the Killa Grilla site-

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable cook grates.

21.5″ Round Flip Up BBQ Stainless Grill Cooking Grate- KG 7436 SNS

You asked for it, now we are producing it! Similar to our KG 7435 stainless grill grate, with (1) large side doors that allow you to add extra charcoal during cooking!!!

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable 7435 and 7436 cook grates.

New, hand crafted, custom made heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate is made with 0.25” thick 304 stainless steel wire.
This 304 stainless steel BBQ grates will guard against corrosion and will last many years over nickel plated steel grates, guaranteed!. This unit directly replaces Weber chrome and nickel plated small wire grates that become corroded and unsafe for barbequing food.

These heavy duty 0.25″ diameter wire grates provide better searing and hold heat, allowing grill masters to complete this affordable upgrade in mere seconds. Each grill grate weighs in at a full 9 lbs!

Part number KG7436SNS

Custom Made in Nolensville, TN USA

Here’s a link to their site- http://killagrilla.com/

Is it even Father’s Day if you don’t fire up the grill?

 

Some Baby Backs at the dock.

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Game 6 @NHLBruins We Broke Out The @GrillBlackstone And Had Ourselves a Feed! #becauseitsthecup

 

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Beer Can Chicken Is Pretty Damn Easy

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Took the chicken out of the package, quick rinse and pat dry with paper towels followed by a spritz of olive oil and dusting of McCormick Montreal Chicken Seasoning.

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The reservoir at the bottom of the stand holds about a half a can of beer.

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Some foil underneath to catch drippings.  A full chimney of lit charcoal in Weber charcoal baskets split on opposite sides of the charcoal grate with the foil liner in between.  Chicken standing up in the middle between the baskets.

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Vents wide open.  Totate chicken 90 degrees after 30 minutes.  It’s done when the chicken reaches an internal temp of 145 degrees in the thick part of the breast.

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